March 19, 2006
Evanston, Ill. – The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team played two entirely different games on Sunday afternoon when they faced the defending national champion Northwestern Wildcats.
For 30 minutes, the Irish played the Wildcats step for step, leading by four goals twice in the opening half with 6-2 and 8-4 leads as senior Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) continued her impressive season with four goals. Northwestern found its legs late in the half, scoring four of the final five goals as Notre Dame took a 9-8 lead into halftime.
The second half was totally dominated by the No. 1 ranked Wildcats as they scored the first nine goals for a 17-9 lead on the way to 13 goals in the half and a 21-12 win over the Irish. The 21 goals against Notre Dame equaled the most goals ever given up by the Irish in a game. On April 13, 1997, the first year of the program, the Irish lost a 21-10 decision to St. Joseph’s.
Foote led the Irish in scoring in the game with six goals. Jillian Byers (Fr., Northport, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist and Heather Ferguson (So., Newtown Square, Pa.) had a goal and two assists for three points in the game. Caitlin McKinney (So., Lafayette Hill, Pa.), Alicia Billings (Fr., Potomac, Md.) and Meghan Murphy (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) had one goal each in the loss.
Northwestern was led by Lindsey Munday, who had two goals and five assists for seven points in the game. Aly Josephs scored six goals and Kristen Kjellman added four goals and two assists for a six-point game.
The loss drops Notre Dame to 7-1 on the season while Northwestern improves to 6-0 on the year and has now won 27 consecutive games since the start of the 2005 season.
The Wildcats out shot the Irish, 40-23 in the game. Irish goalkeeper Carol Dixon (Sr., Pennsauken, N.J,) made 12 saves for Notre Dame while Morgan Lathrop had six saves for Northwestern.
Notre Dame returns to action next Saturday, March 25 when the Irish play host to the Canisius Golden Griffins in a 1:00 p.m. game at Moose Krause Stadium.
** With her six-goal game, Crysti Foote now has a career-high 35 goals. Her 16 assists equal her career best set last season and her 51 points (in eight games) surpasses her career high of 50 set last season in 15 games. Foote has had five or more points in six of her first eight games this season.
** Crysti Foote now has 122 career goals to tie for second on the all-time goals list with Lael O’Shaughnessy `01. She is just eight goals behind the all-time leader – Danielle Shearer `03 – who had 130 in her career. Foote is fourth all-time in assists (52) and third all-time in points (174).
Game Summary 1 2 - F#14 Notre Dame (7-1/1-0) 9 3 - 12#1 Northwestern (6-0/1-0) 8 13 - 21
First-Half ScoringTime Team Score Goal Assist29:46 NU 0-1 Sarah Albrecht25:38 ND 1-1 * Crysti Foote Free-position shot21:46 ND 2-1 Meghan Murphy Jillian Byers21:32 NU 2-2 Sarah Albrecht (2) Lindsay Munday19:05 ND 3-2 Caitlin McKinney Heather Ferguson18:27 ND 4-2 * Crysti Foote (2) Free-position shot17:13 ND 5-2 Jillian Byers Caitlin McKinney15:28 ND 6-2 Heather Ferguson13:34 NU 6-3 Hilary Bowen13:07 ND 7-3 Jillian Byers (2)11:32 NU 7-4 Aly Josephs 7:02 ND 8-4 * Crysti Foote (3) Free-position shot 5:25 NU 8-5 Aly Josephs (2) 5:12 NU 8-6 Meredith Frank Lindsay Munday (2) 3:30 ND 9-6 Crysti Foote (4) Jane Stoeckert 3:10 NU 9-7 Laura Glassanos 0:07 NU 9-8 Laura Glassanos (2)
Second-Half ScoringTime Team Score Goal Assist29:36 NU 9-9 Aly Josephs (3)28:26 NU 9-10 Aly Josephs (4) Kristen Kjellman20:13 NU 9-11 Christy Finch18:06 NU 9-12 Kristen Kjellman (2)16:35 NU 9-13 Hilary Bowen (2) Kristen Kjellman (2)15:55 NU 9-14 Aly Josephs (5)15:33 NU 9-15 Kristen Kjellman (3) Lindsay Munday (3)13:11 NU 9-16 Kristen Kjellman (4) Lindsay Munday (4)12:27 NU 9-17 Laura Glassanos (3) 9:31 ND 10-17 Crysti Foote (5) 3:17 NU 10-18 Lindsay Munday Laura Glassanos 2:55 NU 10-19 Lindsay Munday (2) Meredith Frank 2:22 NU 10-20 Aly Josephs (6) 1:38 NU 10-21 Kristen Kjellman (5) Lindsay Munday (5) 1:21 ND 11-21 Crysti Foote (6) 0:11 ND 12-21 Alicia Billings Heather Ferguson (2)
GoalkeepersNotre Dame - Carol Dixon (60:00 min.; 21 goals, 12 saves)Northwestern - Morgan Lathrop (60:00 min.; 12 goals, 6 saves)
Shots: ND - 23; NU - 40Ground Balls: ND - 20; NU - 22Draw Controls: ND - 13; NU - 25Caused Turnovers: ND - 10; NU - 15